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Steven Spence

Steven Spence 

nerdy; stargazer; legend in my own mind; wannabe photographer, may post occasional spider pictures - you have been warned!

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Cream of the Crop: 08/14/2012

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2016-09-29 09:39:36 (38 comments; 8 reshares; 360 +1s; )Open 

Norwegian Sea Eagles

Photos below.

Article on +GotScience.org : http://www.gotscience.org/2016/09/norwegian-sea-eagles/

Most reshares: 17

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2016-09-26 18:47:24 (38 comments; 17 reshares; 279 +1s; )Open 

Reusing a Biological Solution

Scientists in China have used a honeycomb structure to make remarkable progress in organic solar cells. Read more in +Jonathan Trinastic 's latest article on +GotScience.org !

Most plusones: 360

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2016-09-29 09:39:36 (38 comments; 8 reshares; 360 +1s; )Open 

Norwegian Sea Eagles

Photos below.

Article on +GotScience.org : http://www.gotscience.org/2016/09/norwegian-sea-eagles/

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2016-12-04 16:56:31 (17 comments; 0 reshares; 32 +1s; )Open 

Indulgence

Had a surprisingly tasty Italian meal in Baden-Baden after a violin-piano concert. I went with saltimbocca (veal, slices of ham on top, sage sauce) and had pasta substituted for potatoes (just didn't feel like potatoes that night). I ordered a red wine I don't often see here (Amarone - thanks +Mara Mascaro for introducing me to it) and followed-up with tiramisu. A most delicious meal!

Indulgence

Had a surprisingly tasty Italian meal in Baden-Baden after a violin-piano concert. I went with saltimbocca (veal, slices of ham on top, sage sauce) and had pasta substituted for potatoes (just didn't feel like potatoes that night). I ordered a red wine I don't often see here (Amarone - thanks +Mara Mascaro for introducing me to it) and followed-up with tiramisu. A most delicious meal!___

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2016-12-04 14:41:41 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 34 +1s; )Open 

Christmas Market Time

These are two of the photos from my visit to the Weihnachtsmarkt in Esslingen a few weeks ago.

By the way, I enjoyed the "Wilhelm Tell Trunk" (WTT) more than regular Glühwein. The WTT is a hot apple cider with a shot of whiskey. Quite tasty on a cold evening.

You can see the rest of the photos here: https://plus.google.com/+StevenSpence/posts/1gzVkU317kP

Christmas Market Time

These are two of the photos from my visit to the Weihnachtsmarkt in Esslingen a few weeks ago.

By the way, I enjoyed the "Wilhelm Tell Trunk" (WTT) more than regular Glühwein. The WTT is a hot apple cider with a shot of whiskey. Quite tasty on a cold evening.

You can see the rest of the photos here: https://plus.google.com/+StevenSpence/posts/1gzVkU317kP___

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2016-12-04 14:26:19 (16 comments; 0 reshares; 45 +1s; )Open 

Esslingen 2016

I had a good time dropping by the Christmas Market in Esslingen, Germany with +Tiffany Henry and +Andy Bohm a few weeks ago. Due to way too much work I couldn't get to the photos until now. I'm happy to say they turned out better than I thought when I shot them.

Definitely worth a visit if you get a chance. Esslingen is known for having a "medieval" theme. On the weekends during the daylight hours I think they even have a few swordplay for the kids. Like all Christmas markets it gets crowded but it is a fun visit for me anyway.

Esslingen 2016

I had a good time dropping by the Christmas Market in Esslingen, Germany with +Tiffany Henry and +Andy Bohm a few weeks ago. Due to way too much work I couldn't get to the photos until now. I'm happy to say they turned out better than I thought when I shot them.

Definitely worth a visit if you get a chance. Esslingen is known for having a "medieval" theme. On the weekends during the daylight hours I think they even have a few swordplay for the kids. Like all Christmas markets it gets crowded but it is a fun visit for me anyway.___

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2016-12-02 08:07:36 (14 comments; 6 reshares; 94 +1s; )Open 

Science communicators are critical connecting nodes between scientists and the rest of the world.

Training science communicators will become increasingly important as technology enters all aspects of our lives. Science and technology move forward faster and faster. Without science communication, a huge gap opens up between research and the public - including policy makers.

We need people who can take the sometimes dry, formal results published by scientists and technologists and help communicate the remarkable, fascinating results in language that engages the general public and policy makers.

h/t to +Emily Rhode 

+Kate Stone and +GotScience.org  #scicomm

Science communicators are critical connecting nodes between scientists and the rest of the world.

Training science communicators will become increasingly important as technology enters all aspects of our lives. Science and technology move forward faster and faster. Without science communication, a huge gap opens up between research and the public - including policy makers.

We need people who can take the sometimes dry, formal results published by scientists and technologists and help communicate the remarkable, fascinating results in language that engages the general public and policy makers.

h/t to +Emily Rhode 

+Kate Stone and +GotScience.org  #scicomm___

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2016-12-01 08:04:39 (15 comments; 2 reshares; 47 +1s; )Open 

Golden Morning

Even now with temperatures well under null C and most of the trees barren, the birch greets me some mornings with myriad dancing gold points of light. All it takes is a little sunshine to brighten the rest of the day.

Golden Morning

Even now with temperatures well under null C and most of the trees barren, the birch greets me some mornings with myriad dancing gold points of light. All it takes is a little sunshine to brighten the rest of the day.___

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2016-11-29 21:43:56 (15 comments; 10 reshares; 266 +1s; )Open 

I like the sound of #TrilobiteTuesday! 

It's time for #TrilobiteTuesday! Despite a strikingly similar morphological profile, it's obvious that not all trilobites looked the same. Some trilobites had eyes… some didn't. Others possessed long, flowing genal spines while others displayed little more than vestigial stumps. Certain species featured posterior appendages comprised of sharply pointed spikes, while others exhibited tail spines that occasionally exceeded the length of their entire bodies. Some trilobites were designed like a hydrodynamic rocket ship while others resembled nothing more than a primordial meatloaf. A few early species, such as this Lower Cambrian Olenellus fowleri from the Pioche Shale of Nevada, even featured multi-segmented opistothorax, which provided bold evidence of the trilobites' even more primitive, worm-like predecessors: http://bit.ly/2gFm2Gd___I like the sound of #TrilobiteTuesday! 

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2016-11-28 20:13:30 (19 comments; 6 reshares; 273 +1s; )Open 

Blue: Structural Coloration

The Blue Diadem’s bottom lamina is perfectly designed to create blue.

Blue is an uncommon pigmentation in nature, but several species use physical structures to produce the color. I wrote about the phenomenon as it occurs in bird feathers and briefly touched on it regarding butterfly scales. Here's a great article involving butterfly coloration and potential nano-technology applications in optics, e.g. in glaucoma intraocular pressure monitoring.

h/t +Kate Stone 

Blue: Structural Coloration

The Blue Diadem’s bottom lamina is perfectly designed to create blue.

Blue is an uncommon pigmentation in nature, but several species use physical structures to produce the color. I wrote about the phenomenon as it occurs in bird feathers and briefly touched on it regarding butterfly scales. Here's a great article involving butterfly coloration and potential nano-technology applications in optics, e.g. in glaucoma intraocular pressure monitoring.

h/t +Kate Stone ___

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2016-11-22 21:35:32 (2 comments; 2 reshares; 28 +1s; )Open 

Black Friday Code on Zazzle

Promo Code valid until 24 November 2016 BLACKFRILOVE
up to 50% off.

A few suggested collections

Holiday cards
http://www.zazzle.com/collections/holidays-119653107100354795?rf=238707177613157753

Seasons
http://www.zazzle.com/collections/seasons-119270489198105523?rf=238707177613157753

Black Friday Code on Zazzle

Promo Code valid until 24 November 2016 BLACKFRILOVE
up to 50% off.

A few suggested collections

Holiday cards
http://www.zazzle.com/collections/holidays-119653107100354795?rf=238707177613157753

Seasons
http://www.zazzle.com/collections/seasons-119270489198105523?rf=238707177613157753___

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2016-11-22 08:03:38 (8 comments; 3 reshares; 54 +1s; )Open 

It doesn't take perfection to make something beautiful. I enjoyed all these leaves from my cherry trees.

It doesn't take perfection to make something beautiful. I enjoyed all these leaves from my cherry trees.___

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2016-11-21 22:52:46 (17 comments; 2 reshares; 78 +1s; )Open 

Snapshot of Ginger

She followed me outside when I went to get a photo of some yellow leaves in the sunlight. Since she was moving the image is a bit soft (slightly out of focus), but I like it.

I find the delicate, dancing steps she takes quite elegant. You get a hint in the full photo of her.

Snapshot of Ginger

She followed me outside when I went to get a photo of some yellow leaves in the sunlight. Since she was moving the image is a bit soft (slightly out of focus), but I like it.

I find the delicate, dancing steps she takes quite elegant. You get a hint in the full photo of her.___

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2016-11-21 21:02:46 (26 comments; 9 reshares; 210 +1s; )Open 

New "Egg-Thief" Skeleton Discovered

Join +Kate Stone as she explains a recently announced find of a fossil from new dinosaur species in China. The article has the key information from the scientific paper without being a challenge. If you'd like to go to the original paper there's also a link provided.

Thanks +Kate Stone and +GotScience.org for the quick reporting on this exciting find!

New "Egg-Thief" Skeleton Discovered

Join +Kate Stone as she explains a recently announced find of a fossil from new dinosaur species in China. The article has the key information from the scientific paper without being a challenge. If you'd like to go to the original paper there's also a link provided.

Thanks +Kate Stone and +GotScience.org for the quick reporting on this exciting find!___

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2016-11-20 16:23:20 (23 comments; 9 reshares; 255 +1s; )Open 

Back On GPlus

My posts here have been limited lately because I've been swamped. I think I've managed to dig my way out of the worst of it - at least I feel like I'm making progress again. I even managed to catch a few leaves and some rays of sun today.

I hope you're having a great Sunday or a great start to the week depending on your timezone!

Back On GPlus

My posts here have been limited lately because I've been swamped. I think I've managed to dig my way out of the worst of it - at least I feel like I'm making progress again. I even managed to catch a few leaves and some rays of sun today.

I hope you're having a great Sunday or a great start to the week depending on your timezone!___

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2016-11-19 14:46:56 (6 comments; 1 reshares; 34 +1s; )Open 

Admiration

Awesome! Rob Mendez overcomes incredible odds to coach football. I'm full of admiration for him and all the people who took time to believe in his potential along the way.

Admiration

Awesome! Rob Mendez overcomes incredible odds to coach football. I'm full of admiration for him and all the people who took time to believe in his potential along the way.___

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2016-11-10 20:55:31 (24 comments; 8 reshares; 186 +1s; )Open 

Ovoraptor Find

A scientific report fresh from Nature . It looks like quite an interesting fossil. There could be a +GotScience.org article about this one in the future.

In the meantime for those of you who want to dig into the original paper here's the name and the link:

Lü, J. et al. A Late Cretaceous diversification of Asian oviraptorid dinosaurs: evidence from a new species preserved in an unusual posture. Sci. Rep. 6, 35780; doi: 10.1038/srep35780 (2016).

Ovoraptor Find

A scientific report fresh from Nature . It looks like quite an interesting fossil. There could be a +GotScience.org article about this one in the future.

In the meantime for those of you who want to dig into the original paper here's the name and the link:

Lü, J. et al. A Late Cretaceous diversification of Asian oviraptorid dinosaurs: evidence from a new species preserved in an unusual posture. Sci. Rep. 6, 35780; doi: 10.1038/srep35780 (2016).___

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2016-11-10 07:18:40 (18 comments; 1 reshares; 53 +1s; )Open 

In Style

I really like the style and attention given to early "horseless carriages".

EDIT: Update with a cool race
http://www.getsurrey.co.uk/whats-on/whats-on-news/london-brighton-veteran-car-run-12132204

A thought by my old friend and teacher Marcus Aurelius:

The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane.

I think I need to get a car like this and drive off into the sunset.

Have a great Thorsday and a little fun too!

In Style

I really like the style and attention given to early "horseless carriages".

EDIT: Update with a cool race
http://www.getsurrey.co.uk/whats-on/whats-on-news/london-brighton-veteran-car-run-12132204

A thought by my old friend and teacher Marcus Aurelius:

The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane.

I think I need to get a car like this and drive off into the sunset.

Have a great Thorsday and a little fun too!___

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2016-11-09 11:14:52 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 56 +1s; )Open 

A Cycle of Renewal

Fall is a beautiful time of year. Yes, the days are shorter. Yes, it is colder. Yes, the trees lose their leaves.

It's also a beautiful time of year. Trees gift us with bold, beautiful colors. The crisp air is clean and clear. There are more opportunities to see the stars. Above all, this isn't Nature saying farewell, but settling in for a nice Winter's snooze with a promise of another Spring to follow.

I am a stoic and at the same time an optimist. Things move in cycles. I'll drink some tea, enjoy the beauty I see (and there is a lot out there both in people and in nature), and carry on.

Have a good day!

A Cycle of Renewal

Fall is a beautiful time of year. Yes, the days are shorter. Yes, it is colder. Yes, the trees lose their leaves.

It's also a beautiful time of year. Trees gift us with bold, beautiful colors. The crisp air is clean and clear. There are more opportunities to see the stars. Above all, this isn't Nature saying farewell, but settling in for a nice Winter's snooze with a promise of another Spring to follow.

I am a stoic and at the same time an optimist. Things move in cycles. I'll drink some tea, enjoy the beauty I see (and there is a lot out there both in people and in nature), and carry on.

Have a good day!___

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2016-11-02 21:50:33 (23 comments; 9 reshares; 215 +1s; )Open 

resharing to my Science Collection too.

How intelligent is the humble bumble bee? find out more about a recent experiment into Bumblebee intelligence and "emotions" in +Jonathan Trinastic 's article.

And don't miss +John Kimbler 's photography!___resharing to my Science Collection too.

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2016-11-02 21:48:30 (4 comments; 15 reshares; 44 +1s; )Open 

How intelligent is the humble bumble bee? find out more about a recent experiment into Bumblebee intelligence and "emotions" in +Jonathan Trinastic 's article.

And don't miss +John Kimbler 's photography!

How intelligent is the humble bumble bee? find out more about a recent experiment into Bumblebee intelligence and "emotions" in +Jonathan Trinastic 's article.

And don't miss +John Kimbler 's photography!___

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2016-11-01 15:08:35 (1 comments; 2 reshares; 29 +1s; )Open 

+Azlin Bloor 's recipes are tasty, this is timely, and you'll be helping a charity.

Foodies+ Christmas Recipes from Around the World
It's OUT!

With all proceeds going to Action Against Hunger, this book is going to make the perfect Christmas present! Very handy for Thanksgiving too!

Action Against Hunger is a global organisation that aims to save the lives of malnourished children in over 40 countries. Help Foodies+ make a difference.

The book has almost 100 recipes from over a dozen contributors!
Available on Kindle on Amazon in your country.

UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01M5IPAIR
US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M5IPAIR
AUS: https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B01M5IPAIR

This is what you're getting:

Supporting Cast
Starters, Soups, Sides, Stuffing, Sauces and Gravies

The Main Performance
We’re not just talking turkey, baby!

La Dolce Vita
Because Life should always be sweet!

Time for a Tipple
Always Happy Hour somewhere, right?

Feeding a Crowd
Canapés and other party food for the planned and uninvited guests!

Gifts from the Kitchen
The way to anyone’s culinary heart!

Menu Suggestions

And Basic Recipes, because we pay attention to detail!

#FoodiesChristmasBook #christmasrecipes #seasonalrecipes #thanksgivingrecipes #linsfood #foodiesplus ___+Azlin Bloor 's recipes are tasty, this is timely, and you'll be helping a charity.

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2016-10-28 15:29:43 (17 comments; 14 reshares; 208 +1s; )Open 

A Tail Tale of Two Geckos

a small population of Tarentola mauritanica, better known as Moorish geckos, seemed confined to a single, concrete structure. Meanwhile, Euleptes europaea, the European leaf toed gecko, has the run of the island, unperturbed by its reclusive neighbors.

article by +Maddie Stone @themadstone and published on Gizmodo.

A Tail Tale of Two Geckos

a small population of Tarentola mauritanica, better known as Moorish geckos, seemed confined to a single, concrete structure. Meanwhile, Euleptes europaea, the European leaf toed gecko, has the run of the island, unperturbed by its reclusive neighbors.

article by +Maddie Stone @themadstone and published on Gizmodo.___

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2016-10-28 15:00:45 (5 comments; 2 reshares; 89 +1s; )Open 

Useful Study Tip

I know a lot of the people that visit this collection are still in school or at the university. Or even if you're out of school this could be helpful for learning a language.

I embrace the digital world, but there are times analog activities help. As a visual learner, I always did better when I took the time to write something down.

Watch this short video from +Socratica and add another technique to your study skills. I know from my own experience this technique can really help some people in certain cases.

Useful Study Tip

I know a lot of the people that visit this collection are still in school or at the university. Or even if you're out of school this could be helpful for learning a language.

I embrace the digital world, but there are times analog activities help. As a visual learner, I always did better when I took the time to write something down.

Watch this short video from +Socratica and add another technique to your study skills. I know from my own experience this technique can really help some people in certain cases.___

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2016-10-26 17:19:49 (19 comments; 15 reshares; 181 +1s; )Open 

South Pole

Aside from the loss of ice, what really happens when Antarctica melts? New research reveals that the changes range from sped-up microbial food webs to shifting penguin populations.

read more in +Kate Stone 's article on +GotScience.org 

South Pole

Aside from the loss of ice, what really happens when Antarctica melts? New research reveals that the changes range from sped-up microbial food webs to shifting penguin populations.

read more in +Kate Stone 's article on +GotScience.org ___

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2016-10-26 17:16:59 (9 comments; 11 reshares; 143 +1s; )Open 

Winter is Coming

Shifting polar vortex? Ok. Scientific American you got my attention.

Winter is Coming

Shifting polar vortex? Ok. Scientific American you got my attention.___

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2016-10-25 21:12:17 (10 comments; 1 reshares; 73 +1s; )Open 

I'm very partial to lupines as are bumblebees, but in some places like in Europe lupines are an invasive species.

With their large concentrations of showy flowers, lupines can act as “magnet species,” attracting and sustaining large populations of bumblebees, which can then increase the number of pollinator visits to co-occurring native plants with potential indirect, positive effects on the bees’ reproductive success. Still, as beautiful as they may be, the lupines out my window in Norway are disturbing the ecosystem and would be better left at home in Canada!

I'm very partial to lupines as are bumblebees, but in some places like in Europe lupines are an invasive species.

With their large concentrations of showy flowers, lupines can act as “magnet species,” attracting and sustaining large populations of bumblebees, which can then increase the number of pollinator visits to co-occurring native plants with potential indirect, positive effects on the bees’ reproductive success. Still, as beautiful as they may be, the lupines out my window in Norway are disturbing the ecosystem and would be better left at home in Canada!___

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2016-10-24 19:36:09 (12 comments; 4 reshares; 204 +1s; )Open 

Made my Gift List

How much did I enjoy this book? Enough that it's going to be a holiday gift from me this year.

Why you'll want to look closer:

1. A very timely topic of marine sanctuaries for wildlife (mammals and fish) is discussed.

2. World-class photography by Alex Mustard, who sets the bar in underwater photography

3. Seadragons: they will enchant you.

Special thanks to my copy editor +Jess Romaine for the extra time she spent on this review.

A big shout out to the wonderful team at +Bloomsbury Publishing (Nature / Sigma) for the review copy and assistance with obtaining sample images. We love the quality of your science publications!

h/t +GotScience.org and +Kate Stone 

Made my Gift List

How much did I enjoy this book? Enough that it's going to be a holiday gift from me this year.

Why you'll want to look closer:

1. A very timely topic of marine sanctuaries for wildlife (mammals and fish) is discussed.

2. World-class photography by Alex Mustard, who sets the bar in underwater photography

3. Seadragons: they will enchant you.

Special thanks to my copy editor +Jess Romaine for the extra time she spent on this review.

A big shout out to the wonderful team at +Bloomsbury Publishing (Nature / Sigma) for the review copy and assistance with obtaining sample images. We love the quality of your science publications!

h/t +GotScience.org and +Kate Stone ___

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2016-10-24 19:31:19 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 27 +1s; )Open 

An Amazing Book

The photography and subject matter are simply excellent. Let me make this short for you: the book is so good that if you're on Santa's Steven's list, this is quite likely what you'll be getting for the holidays.

special thanks to my copy editor, +Jess Romaine , who fell in love with seadragons while she spent extra time improving the review.

Also a shout out to the great team at Bloomsbury and to Alex Mustard for granting permission to include sample photos from his book.

h/t +GotScience.org and +Kate Stone 

An Amazing Book

The photography and subject matter are simply excellent. Let me make this short for you: the book is so good that if you're on Santa's Steven's list, this is quite likely what you'll be getting for the holidays.

special thanks to my copy editor, +Jess Romaine , who fell in love with seadragons while she spent extra time improving the review.

Also a shout out to the great team at Bloomsbury and to Alex Mustard for granting permission to include sample photos from his book.

h/t +GotScience.org and +Kate Stone ___

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2016-10-23 14:32:22 (10 comments; 2 reshares; 72 +1s; )Open 

Likes to Play "Fetch"

Stan enjoys chasing tree limbs and jeeps when he can.

"side view" for #joinindaily  by +Johnny Wills 

Likes to Play "Fetch"

Stan enjoys chasing tree limbs and jeeps when he can.

"side view" for #joinindaily  by +Johnny Wills ___

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2016-10-22 15:30:47 (13 comments; 3 reshares; 61 +1s; )Open 

Just why is he so happy?

Earlier today I saw a post by someone on friendship. It made me think of someone I know on GPlus with persistent gnomes. This one seems in a pretty good mood though. Of course he is hiding under a bench. Do I want to know the reason for that smile?

Have a fun weekend with just the right note of silliness!

Just why is he so happy?

Earlier today I saw a post by someone on friendship. It made me think of someone I know on GPlus with persistent gnomes. This one seems in a pretty good mood though. Of course he is hiding under a bench. Do I want to know the reason for that smile?

Have a fun weekend with just the right note of silliness!___

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2016-10-21 21:31:25 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 25 +1s; )Open 

Got my head checked by a jumbo jet

Today is one of those days.

If the link works for you, great! If not, sorry - could be one of the region restrictions. try to find it somewhere else or on Google play: https://goo.gl/DXwE0B

Got my head checked by a jumbo jet

Today is one of those days.

If the link works for you, great! If not, sorry - could be one of the region restrictions. try to find it somewhere else or on Google play: https://goo.gl/DXwE0B___

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2016-10-20 22:15:39 (6 comments; 10 reshares; 133 +1s; )Open 

Parthanatos, Proteins, and a Dose of Greek Mythology

Read +Norman Rusin 's article to find out the full story.

Brain cells die, and the executioner has been identified.
http://www.gotscience.org/2016/10/brain-cells-die/___Parthanatos, Proteins, and a Dose of Greek Mythology

Read +Norman Rusin 's article to find out the full story.

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2016-10-18 20:47:58 (25 comments; 16 reshares; 167 +1s; )Open 

If you're a middle school or high school science teacher, +GotScience.org has some free materials as supplementary resources. They were developed thanks to a grant from the Awesome Without Borders Foundation.

h/t +Kate Stone +Jonathan Trinastic 

Free, supplemental science teaching resources! Choose from materials for middle school or high school science.

This project funded by a grant from Awesome Without Borders and published by the GotScience STEM Education Resource Center. Awesome photo by +Steven Spence.

http://www.gotscience.org/2016/10/free-resources-science-teachers/___If you're a middle school or high school science teacher, +GotScience.org has some free materials as supplementary resources. They were developed thanks to a grant from the Awesome Without Borders Foundation.

h/t +Kate Stone +Jonathan Trinastic 

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2016-10-17 22:00:56 (8 comments; 2 reshares; 87 +1s; )Open 

A Fundamental Part of the Process

experiments that don’t go as expected and trials that yield negative results are critical for moving science forward

A Fundamental Part of the Process

experiments that don’t go as expected and trials that yield negative results are critical for moving science forward___

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2016-10-16 17:56:28 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 67 +1s; )Open 

A Spider and Her Home

Seen a few weeks ago in the woods while I was hoping to photograph a kingfisher (didn't work out).

Enjoy #spidersunday! 

A Spider and Her Home

Seen a few weeks ago in the woods while I was hoping to photograph a kingfisher (didn't work out).

Enjoy #spidersunday! ___

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2016-10-16 11:34:25 (13 comments; 3 reshares; 61 +1s; )Open 

Hohenzollern Castle

The trees are starting to change color now. Landscape is not my thing and I know the folks who are into it will cringe, because I shot handheld on a crop format camera, but that's ok. I'm still happy with the result even though I know it could have been better. I was showing visitors around and that was the main thing for me to spend my time on.

Have a great Sunday! It's a beautiful day here and the trees should have good color in the coming days. I hope it'll be a good Fall for you too.

Photo: it was overcast and the light wasn't great. Instead of sticking with the normal "faithful" or "neutral" modes I usually open a RAW file with, I used Adobe's "Landscape", which boosts typical landscape colors. I also adjusted the light to be "colder", lifted shadows, and added some sharpening... more »

Hohenzollern Castle

The trees are starting to change color now. Landscape is not my thing and I know the folks who are into it will cringe, because I shot handheld on a crop format camera, but that's ok. I'm still happy with the result even though I know it could have been better. I was showing visitors around and that was the main thing for me to spend my time on.

Have a great Sunday! It's a beautiful day here and the trees should have good color in the coming days. I hope it'll be a good Fall for you too.

Photo: it was overcast and the light wasn't great. Instead of sticking with the normal "faithful" or "neutral" modes I usually open a RAW file with, I used Adobe's "Landscape", which boosts typical landscape colors. I also adjusted the light to be "colder", lifted shadows, and added some sharpening before downsizing to 1920 format.___

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2016-10-15 21:00:32 (10 comments; 3 reshares; 61 +1s; )Open 

Experience has taught me this, that we undo ourselves by impatience. Misfortunes have their life and their limits, their sickness and their health. (Montaigne)

Seen at Hohenzollern Castle earlier today.

Experience has taught me this, that we undo ourselves by impatience. Misfortunes have their life and their limits, their sickness and their health. (Montaigne)

Seen at Hohenzollern Castle earlier today.___

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2016-10-14 21:05:09 (21 comments; 2 reshares; 71 +1s; )Open 

Lichtenstein III

A good chance I'll go there tomorrow with visitors. I wonder if the trees will give me some colors this time? Fingers crossed for good weather.

Have a great weekend!

Lichtenstein III

A good chance I'll go there tomorrow with visitors. I wonder if the trees will give me some colors this time? Fingers crossed for good weather.

Have a great weekend!___

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2016-10-13 21:57:55 (8 comments; 0 reshares; 34 +1s; )Open 

Beam Me Up Heimdallr

I'm onboard with this and signed up.

First, is to ensure the peaceful use of space.

The second is to protect planet Earth from space threats. There are seven threats in our classification system: sun storms and flares, known as coronal mass ejections; changes in Earth's magnetosphere that destroy the effective protective layer of our planet; potentially dangerous asteroids and comets; man-made orbital debris; changes in the climate stemming from technogenic factors and sun radiation; cosmic radiation from nuclear reactions in novae, supernovae and pulsars; and the danger of Earth infection by microorganisms from meteors and other small celestial bodies.

The third goal is to create a demilitarized and free scientific base of knowledge in space. This will provide free access to all, especially those from developing countries who... more »

Beam Me Up Heimdallr

I'm onboard with this and signed up.

First, is to ensure the peaceful use of space.

The second is to protect planet Earth from space threats. There are seven threats in our classification system: sun storms and flares, known as coronal mass ejections; changes in Earth's magnetosphere that destroy the effective protective layer of our planet; potentially dangerous asteroids and comets; man-made orbital debris; changes in the climate stemming from technogenic factors and sun radiation; cosmic radiation from nuclear reactions in novae, supernovae and pulsars; and the danger of Earth infection by microorganisms from meteors and other small celestial bodies.

The third goal is to create a demilitarized and free scientific base of knowledge in space. This will provide free access to all, especially those from developing countries who do not have space access now. And such access should be free and direct.___

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2016-10-12 20:09:58 (27 comments; 9 reshares; 100 +1s; )Open 

If I Didn't Have it From Multiple Reliable Sources

Still trying to get my head around this very cool quantum "Time Crystal" of yterrbium ions.

The basic process for making time crystals is straightforward. The idea is to create a quantum system, such as a group of ions arranged in a ring, and cool them until they are in their lowest energy state. In these circumstances, the laws of physics would suggest that the ring should be perfectly stationary.

But if time symmetry were broken, then the ring could vary periodically in time. In other words, it would rotate.

Check it out on MIT Technology review (easy to read):
https://www.technologyreview.com/s/602541/physicists-create-worlds-first-time-crystal/

Here is the actual report of their results (fascinating, but a serious paper that takes time to digest):... more »

If I Didn't Have it From Multiple Reliable Sources

Still trying to get my head around this very cool quantum "Time Crystal" of yterrbium ions.

The basic process for making time crystals is straightforward. The idea is to create a quantum system, such as a group of ions arranged in a ring, and cool them until they are in their lowest energy state. In these circumstances, the laws of physics would suggest that the ring should be perfectly stationary.

But if time symmetry were broken, then the ring could vary periodically in time. In other words, it would rotate.

Check it out on MIT Technology review (easy to read):
https://www.technologyreview.com/s/602541/physicists-create-worlds-first-time-crystal/

Here is the actual report of their results (fascinating, but a serious paper that takes time to digest):
https://arxiv.org/pdf/1609.08684.pdf

also, h/t to +Winchell Chung , as I saw a variation of the report through a post he shared.___

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2016-10-11 21:04:39 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 37 +1s; )Open 

Tempting

That's a program that makes a visit to Iceland even more tempting. I'll have to look into this.

h/t +Hari Bhanu 

Tempting

That's a program that makes a visit to Iceland even more tempting. I'll have to look into this.

h/t +Hari Bhanu ___

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2016-10-11 20:36:11 (14 comments; 8 reshares; 87 +1s; )Open 

CO2

Dr. Joe looks at climate records, factors influencing temperatures, and shows what's responsible for most of the increase in temperatures. Some of you will find out that you've lived your entire lives without experiencing below normal (vs. baseline) temperatures.

Side note: I had on almost the same shirt today (mine has a pocket). Maybe we can do one of these in "twin" look. :-)

h/t to +Kate Stone and +GotScience.org 

CO2

Dr. Joe looks at climate records, factors influencing temperatures, and shows what's responsible for most of the increase in temperatures. Some of you will find out that you've lived your entire lives without experiencing below normal (vs. baseline) temperatures.

Side note: I had on almost the same shirt today (mine has a pocket). Maybe we can do one of these in "twin" look. :-)

h/t to +Kate Stone and +GotScience.org ___

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2016-10-11 06:48:41 (8 comments; 0 reshares; 51 +1s; )Open 

Have you also learned that secret from the river; that there is no such thing as time? (Hermann Hesse)

A photon induced, two dimensional, electronic matrix reproducing an event embedded in a persistent illusion. I am looking forward to the illusion of lunch.

Photo: cormorant taking off from the River Rems.

Have you also learned that secret from the river; that there is no such thing as time? (Hermann Hesse)

A photon induced, two dimensional, electronic matrix reproducing an event embedded in a persistent illusion. I am looking forward to the illusion of lunch.

Photo: cormorant taking off from the River Rems.___

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2016-10-07 22:17:12 (26 comments; 6 reshares; 121 +1s; )Open 

Shy

It's not always easy to get a bird. I've been to the Remstal 3 times and seen kingfishers each time, but never got a chance to photograph them as they were very random and fleeting whenever they appeared.

The last time I was there I actually got photographic evidence that I really was seeing a kingfisher dart past me. A photo of its back <sigh>

Oh well, maybe I'll just have to be very persistent.

Sorry for the noisy picture. It was a long way off and I had the camera set to high ISO, so I would have a better chance at catching birds in flight.

Shy

It's not always easy to get a bird. I've been to the Remstal 3 times and seen kingfishers each time, but never got a chance to photograph them as they were very random and fleeting whenever they appeared.

The last time I was there I actually got photographic evidence that I really was seeing a kingfisher dart past me. A photo of its back <sigh>

Oh well, maybe I'll just have to be very persistent.

Sorry for the noisy picture. It was a long way off and I had the camera set to high ISO, so I would have a better chance at catching birds in flight.___

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2016-10-07 22:02:16 (13 comments; 4 reshares; 77 +1s; )Open 

Reflection

h/t to +Marilyn Benham because I saw she posted a reflection picture for #joinindaily .

photo: a grey heron in the Remstal Nature Preserve Area.

Reflection

h/t to +Marilyn Benham because I saw she posted a reflection picture for #joinindaily .

photo: a grey heron in the Remstal Nature Preserve Area.___

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2016-10-07 21:09:28 (9 comments; 0 reshares; 52 +1s; )Open 

Fresh berry compote

This is a German dish called a Grütze made with a mix of berries. A lot of times it is made with cherries (rote Grütze), but this one was blackberries, red currants, black currants, and wild blueberries. One scoop of ice cream, a few dollops of cream, garnished with mint leaves and a few whole berries (raspberry, blackberry, red currants)

Fresh berry compote

This is a German dish called a Grütze made with a mix of berries. A lot of times it is made with cherries (rote Grütze), but this one was blackberries, red currants, black currants, and wild blueberries. One scoop of ice cream, a few dollops of cream, garnished with mint leaves and a few whole berries (raspberry, blackberry, red currants)___

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2016-10-07 21:04:32 (14 comments; 0 reshares; 43 +1s; )Open 

Swabian Game Sampler

Venison ragout (lower left), boar schnitzel (upper left), venison medallions on wild berry jam (center of plate), wild boar Maultaschen aka Swabian ravioli (lower right). Naturally accompanied by Spätzle (dish on the right).

I didn't use the sauce, although some locals say the food need to "swim" in it.

Swabian Game Sampler

Venison ragout (lower left), boar schnitzel (upper left), venison medallions on wild berry jam (center of plate), wild boar Maultaschen aka Swabian ravioli (lower right). Naturally accompanied by Spätzle (dish on the right).

I didn't use the sauce, although some locals say the food need to "swim" in it.___

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2016-10-03 09:33:12 (21 comments; 5 reshares; 79 +1s; )Open 

Lichtenstein II

Yep, I've posted this castle before. I recently went there with some visitors and felt like sharing again what it looks like in the early Fall. Just a very few trees are beginning to change. In a few weeks it should be very colorful in the woods.

Have a great start to the week!


Photo : I've played around with it trying to balance the sky enough to see some of the clouds without the castle and woods looking artificial.

Lichtenstein II

Yep, I've posted this castle before. I recently went there with some visitors and felt like sharing again what it looks like in the early Fall. Just a very few trees are beginning to change. In a few weeks it should be very colorful in the woods.

Have a great start to the week!


Photo : I've played around with it trying to balance the sky enough to see some of the clouds without the castle and woods looking artificial.___

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2016-10-02 15:59:35 (12 comments; 1 reshares; 67 +1s; )Open 

Endangered: Yellow-faced bees

Sad news, but maybe this will help them. Seven yellow-faced bee species in Hawaii have been put on the endangered species list. They face habitat loss due to humans, competition from a non-native species, and problems due to invasive ants.

Endangered: Yellow-faced bees

Sad news, but maybe this will help them. Seven yellow-faced bee species in Hawaii have been put on the endangered species list. They face habitat loss due to humans, competition from a non-native species, and problems due to invasive ants.___

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2016-09-29 09:41:24 (20 comments; 7 reshares; 135 +1s; )Open 

Norwegian Sea Eagles

Photos are attached here.

Article on +GotScience.org at http://www.gotscience.org/2016/09/norwegian-sea-eagles/

Norwegian Sea Eagles

Photos are attached here.

Article on +GotScience.org at http://www.gotscience.org/2016/09/norwegian-sea-eagles/___

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2016-09-29 09:39:36 (38 comments; 8 reshares; 360 +1s; )Open 

Norwegian Sea Eagles

Photos below.

Article on +GotScience.org : http://www.gotscience.org/2016/09/norwegian-sea-eagles/

Norwegian Sea Eagles

Photos below.

Article on +GotScience.org : http://www.gotscience.org/2016/09/norwegian-sea-eagles/___

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2016-09-26 18:47:24 (38 comments; 17 reshares; 279 +1s; )Open 

Reusing a Biological Solution

Scientists in China have used a honeycomb structure to make remarkable progress in organic solar cells. Read more in +Jonathan Trinastic 's latest article on +GotScience.org !

Reusing a Biological Solution

Scientists in China have used a honeycomb structure to make remarkable progress in organic solar cells. Read more in +Jonathan Trinastic 's latest article on +GotScience.org !___

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